I recently read this quote:

El libro en inglés es como un centenar de páginas más corto.

Why is "un centenar" used here instead of "cien"? When should we use "centenar" vs. "cien"?


That's the same difference English makes between twelve and a dozen. Here como un centenar means "approximately a hundred".

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    ...and many more examples of special words for quantities: Pair=par(2), couple=par(2), ten=decena(10), score=??(20), gross=gruesa(144), thousand=millar(1000) ... See gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/numbers/words/intro.htm – DGaleano Mar 13 '16 at 14:45
  • score=veintena(20), ??=treintena(30) – Ra_ Mar 31 '16 at 14:02

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